Today, three former MUNNAM high school delegates met with UNIC Windhoek to engage on collaboration and partnership in establishing a Model UN society at the University of Namibia (UNAM). The Executive team of the envisaged group comprise of Helena Kandjumbwa, Clinton Muinjo and Lifalaza Simata, who are all “products” of UNIC Windhoek’s Model UN Namibia high school programme as of 2012. Since completing high school, the trio have been actively supporting Model UN. The trio spoke at length about the interest of students to continue their Model UN participation at Varsity level.
The new Model United Nations society for the University of Namibia will formally be registered as a UNAM society and will be supported by the United Nations Information Centre (Windhoek).The Centre looks forward to this new partnership with the aforementioned tertiary institution and students from a multitude of nations in 2017. The MUN Club at the University will provide the ideal continuation platform for high school learners, which has been active in the Model UN Namibia programme over the years. This will also streamline the roll out of the programme on the national and regional level.
The UNIC Windhoek / UNAM Partnership will also open the door for regular invites from students, teachers and lectures to attend conferences, which will also include presentations by UN officials and Ambassadors. It will allow all aforementioned partners to talk about issues related to human rights, think together, share experiences, raise opinions and create common ground.
The UNAM MUN Society will be led by Helena Kandjumbwa, a second year law student, with years of Model UN experience under her belt. UNIC Windhoek anticipate Kandjumbwa’s leadership to particularly drive the empowerment of young women through the Model UN platform. The trio’s track record of participation, winning awards, adjudicating, chairing and assisting at UNIC’s conferences, make them ideal candidates to push the programme.
UNIC Windhoek is proud to be associated with the programme in light of the new audience segment it will reach. UNIC Windhoek started the Model UN programme in Namibia 5 years ago and has learnt valuable lessons in running the programme within the Namibian context, being well positioned to advise and offer guidance to these students.